Twelve new municipalities have joined the Network

The municipalities of Pieve Tesino (IT), San Lorenzo Dorsino (IT), Zevio (IT), Castelldefels (ES), Borgo Valsugana (IT), Oleiros (PT), Amadora (PT), Torcegno (IT), Calliano (IT), S. Pedro do Sul (PT), Nelas (PT) and Câmara de Lobos (PT) have joined the network

From the beginning of the year there are many municipalities, from many parts of Europe, that have joined the European Network.

Pieve Tesino is located at 843 meters above sea level, has 635 inhabitants and from 2021 it has become part of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. Pieve Tesino is the birthplace of the italian statesman Alcide De Gasperi. Today, in his birthplace, there is a museum where visitors can discover the life of De Gasperi. This place of remembrance was the first Italian site awarded the European Marchio of Patrimonio in 2015. Near De Gasperi museum there is the Per Via museum where it is told the story of those who from the 1600s ventured along the streets of Europe to sell prints and other merchandise. The first Italian Pro Loco was founded here in 1881 to make the territory beautiful ad welcoming. Pieve Tesino is the ideal location for healthy walks and trekking at all levels in a unique environment. Furthermore, it is the ideal place for excursions by bike or on foot. Spending a day of sport at the Tesino Golf Club “La Farfalla” is also a particular experience. Worth to be visited is the Arboreto, with trees from all over the world. Here there is the Garden of Europe with a hemicycle shape that recalls the ancient theatre. The Arboreto is accessible all year round and during the different seasons, it is always possible to see a great variety of flowers. The garden represents the European Parliament and it is inserted in a continental circuit of four gardens dedicated to more statesmen, whose houses Maison Monnet, Adenauer-Haus and Maison Schuman form the network of the Houses of Founding Fathers of Europe. The Garden of Pieve Tesino distinguishes itself for being the only one that is located at 850 meters above sea level in the Alpine area. For high altitude lovers there is the Cima d’Asta massif, situated at an altitude of 2,480 meters with the possibility of climbing up to the 2,847 meter of Mount of Zimon. For taste lovers there is Malga Telvagola, where it is possible to taste cheese and milk products during the summer time. Moreover, there is the opportunity of joining the “Adopt a cow” project, which allows people to support the zero-kilometer economy of a mountain activity.

The municipality of San Lorenzo Dorsino includes the hamlets of San Lorenzo in Banale, Dorsino, Tavodo and Andogno; it extends over a wonderful mountain area and offers a beautiful view of the Giudicarie External and the Brenta Dolomites. Art, culture, tradition, sport, nature and food and wine are the peculiar characteristics of this municipality.

The environment in which the town is immersed is characterized by cobbled streets, by ancient peasant houses leaning against each other and connected by arcades, hallways and internal courtyards that tell of a past that is still very present and everywhere you can breathe the tranquillity of an ancient country and authentic, on a human and family scale, in a slow and respectful time.

Zevio is an Italian town in the Province of Verona in the Veneto Region, crossed by the Adige river. Its inhabitants are called Zevians. Its territory covers 55 km and has 15.050 inhabitants since the last population census. The population density is 273.4 inhabitants per km2 on the Municipality.

Zevio is located 7 km south east of San Giovanni Lupatoto, the largest city in the vicinity and have seven village: Bosco, Campagnola, Perzacco, Santa mria, Volon, Villabroggia. Located at 31 meters above sea level, the municipality of Zevio has the folowing geographical coordinates 45° 22 ’32’ ‘North, 11°8’14” East. Historically Zevio is an agricultural country and it’s famous for the production of apples. To visit is the castel of Sagromozo family, from 1868 municipal ownership, beautiful rock and fortification in the province of Verona.

Castelldefels is a municipality in the Baix Llobregat comarca, in the province of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, and a suburban town of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Its population is 65,954 and is located about 20 km southwest of Barcelona.

The town is famous for its long beach (more than 5 km) and well-known for being an affluent area because during the summer, many people from Barcelona and the countryside visit it.

Castelldefels borders the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between Sitges and Gavà with a major beach. Castelldefels also enjoys close proximity to the major international airport of Barcelona, as El Prat Airport is about 15 km of a drive. The Olympic canal, called Canal Olímpic de Catalunya, built for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games of Barcelona is in the town.

Borgo Valsugana is considered the political and administrative main town of Valsugana Valley. Borgo offers the most remarkable urban river scenery of Trentino and it is dominated by the imposing Castel Telvana. Borgo Valsugana is located in the middle of the arc created by the river Brenta. This village, which is a very unique example in Trentino, is characterized by the river flowing through it and the houses aligned along the Corso Ausugum, which create a contrast with the buildings found on the sides of the river Brenta built according to a typical Venetian style. The houses expand up to the slopes of the Monte Ciolino, where Castel Telvana is located, and going downward the Franciscan and Nun monastery can be admired. The core of the village develops at the sides of the ancient imperial way, whereas the recent constructions expand towards Olle, which preserves untouched the characteristics of the rural village. Borgo’s medieval character has mostly remained intact in its urban organization, characterized by an overall view of alleys, halls, yards. Along the old imperial way buildings constructed in a renaissance and baroque style are found. Besides the Pieve della Natività di Maria which is dated back before the year 1000, it is advisable to visit the San Rocco oratory, which was decorated with frescos in 1516 by Francesco Corradi. In the surroundings, the Sanctuary of Onea must be highlighted, which was built in the first half of the year 600 and that was decorated with frescos by Lorenzo Fiorentini. To be mentioned is also Arte Sella, an international exhibition of contemporary art, born in 1986, which takes place in open air fields, in the woods of Sella Valley. Since 1996 Arte Sella project has been developing along the mountain road on the south side of Mount Armentera: consequently now there is a route called Montura where tourists can see the works and meanwhile enjoy the particular landscape of this zone. This exhibition is not just an occasion for showing artworks, but it is also above all a creative process: the works are continuously in progress and the artist expresses through his work a respectful relationship with nature, taking inspiration and motivation from it. Besides its cultural offer, Borgo Valsugana provides different possibilities to go shopping, to relax in his historical centre and to practice sport in the sport hall served with lots of facilities.

Oleiros is a municipality in the district of Castelo Branco, in Portugal. The population in 2021 is 4905 in an area of 471.09km2.

lt has developed actions based on the principle of social justice in order to increase the quality of life, equality and well-being of citizens. ln the specific area of population attraction, the adoption of global, integrated and transversal family policies have guaranteed to the families the full exercise of their responsabilities and competences.

ln the same way, regarding to the municipal plan for equality, the conciliation between family, professional and personal life is understood as a priority.

Amadora is in the northwest of the Lisbon metropolitan area and 10 km from Lisbon. The population is 171,719, in an area of 23.78 km2. It is the most densely populated municipality in Portugal, including 101 different nationalities. lt is a residential city, but Amadora has commercial zones, industries and headquarters of international companies operating in Portugal. IKEA, Nokia, Decathlon, Alegro, Continente and UBBO, Siemens and Roche are examples of international companies based in Amadora.

Amadora’s public transport network is extremely far-reaching and reliable, being fully integrated with the transportation network of the Lisbon metropolitan area. lt has 3 metro stations, the commuter Sintra train line with 3 stations, 2 bus services and 4 motorways around the city.

Torcegno, a small village located in the Lagorai lands, a small basin in the mountains, it offers wonderful landscapes that satisfy the eyes and warm the heart. The town has 683 inhabitants and 296 families, cheerful and convivial people linked to their territory.

Those who come to Torcegno, can visit its mountains, the barns (Setteselle, Casapinello and Mendana). Visitors can walk, cycle or ride enchanted paths through woods and meadows, meeting uncontaminated nature and its inhabitants. The monuments and historical sites, such as churches, typical buildings and the castle, are worth a visit. In Torcegno there are also various Associations which organize cultural, sporting and /or convivial events. Torcegno … a country to be discovered!

Calliano is an ancient and illustrious village built where the Rio Cavallo flows into the river Adige. It is located halfway between Trento and Rovereto on the intersection between the Brenner road and the one that leads to the Cimbri Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna plateaus. It also lies between two beautiful castles in a splendid setting surrounded by vineyards and mountains that offer us a breathtaking view. Due to its strategic position, Calliano was the scene of fierce battles, which explains the considerable concentration of castles and protective walls (commonly called “murazzi”). The most famous battle was that of Calliano , which was fought on 10 August 1487 when the Tyrolean army defeated the Venetian army commanded by Roberto da Sanseverino who perished during the battle. Again in 1796 these places witnessed the Napoleonic invasion, they underwent its occupation and retreat; from 1801 to 1918 Calliano remained under Austrian rule. To the east, on the top of a hill, Castel Beseno overlooks the plain below, while, on the southern border, Castel Pietra still seems to protect it from invaders who for a long time tried to take over this valley. Walking in the heart of the village is enjoyable thanks to the presence of some splendid noble palaces with frescoed facades. Remarkable are also the Church of San Lorenzo, the Church of Saints Sebastian and Fabiano, as well as the suggestive main square. Another site worth seeing is the Zambel waterfall on the Rio Cavallo which was also the image of an advertising campaign in Trentino in the national media. The population of the Municipality is currently 2050 inhabitants, with a significant increase in inhabitants that have doubled in the last 20 years with a new settlement mainly of young families who have made Calliano the youngest village in Trentino with an average age of 40.3 years. . Calliano is also the village (ISTAT data of 2021) that has had the highest percentage of increase of Italian residents in the last 10 years at national level.

With excellent accessibility, S. Pedro do Sul, in the heart of Lafões valley, right in the center of nature, of mountains, rivers and valleys, offers unique living conditions. The massifs of the Arada, Gralheira and S. Macário mountains, with their green landscapes, their streams of cold and crystal line water, their villages hidden in the valleys and mountains combined with the magnificent sunset and sunrise, are a piece of the world that serves as a refuge for inspiration. The termal tourism, mountain, cultural and heritage, differentiated and genuine, are an apanágio of the municipality, which so well knows how to receive and make known all its nooks and charms!

The municipality of Câmara de Lobos has 5 parishes and was established in 1835. It is in Câmara de Lobos that the best kebabs are made on laurel wood, the traditional “poncha” (drink) and Madeira wine. It is the fishing port for black swordfish and home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and places in Madeira, such as Cabo Girão, Curral das Freiras, Câmara de Lobos Bay and the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos Vineyards. It is the second most populous municipality in Madeira, with around 40,000 inhabitants, and a land of young people, as around 45% of the population is under 25 years old. Over time, the city has essentially survived from fishing and agriculture, with the production of wine, bananas and other fruit species being particularly important in the regional economy. Today, the municipality is more focused on services, with tourism having a decisive role in this chapter, as it is the engine of the regional economy.

Born from the liberal reforms of the last century, which rationalized the chaotic local administration, with the existence of more than 800 municipalities struggling with lack of resources, the Municipality of Nelas brought together the previous Municipalities of Senhorim (based in Vilar Seco) and Canas de Senhorim. By Decree of 9 december 1852, being Queen of Portugal D. Maria II and Minister of the Kingdom Rodrigo da Fonseca Magalhães, the Municipalities of Senhorim and Canas de Senhorim were united in a single municipality with the name of Municipality of Nelas. ln the 162 years that followed, the Municipality of Nelas walked towards a growing affirmation, benefiting from a privileged geographical situation, at the intersection of the roads that lead to the coast and Serra da Estrela as well as the passage of the rallway. This geographical factor, allied to the dynamism of its people, made Nelas, throughout the century, XX, assumed the industrial primacy in the District of Viseu. First with the Electric Ovens and Minas da Urgeiriça, in Canas de Senhorim, nowadays, after the decline of those companies, with the industrialization outbreak in Nelas. Proud of the radiant present that it was able to build, the Municipality of Nelas is, however, facing the future, seeking to take advantage of all the potential that the Dão Region, of which it is the heart, can provide. This is how it is with Wine, the region’s reference brand. The best Dão wines are produced in Nelas, the Center for Wine Studies is located here, and in September tha Dão Wine Festival/Fair is held, the biggest event to promote this product. But, associated with wine, we also have a magnificent Queijo da Serra, whose Demarcated Region we are part of, and a rich gastronomy, evident in excellent restaurants in the Municipality. Another reference product, Olive Oil, manufactured in a modern, functional and ecological mill. This region, located between the Dão and the Mondego, bordered further by the Serra da Estrela and Serra do Caramulo, has a rare beauty. Therefore, tourism has enormous potential here, whether to enjoy an unparalleled natural landscape, or to enjoy the thermal wealth of modern Caldas da Felgueira, or to visit and admire the valuable architectural heritage. We refer to the manor houses and manor houses, testimonies of a rich historical past. Finally, the industry. As a result of an intelligent and pioneering industrialization policy, modern companies were installed in the Municipality of Nelas, which created jobs for the entire region and generated enough income to start commerce and services. The Municipality of Nelas belongs to the District of Viseu, it borders the Municipality of Mangualde to the East and the Municipality of Carregal do Sal to the West. lt is located on the right bank of the River Mondego, which separates it from the Municipalities of Seia and Oliveira do Hospital, and on the left bank of the River Dão, which separates it from the Municipality of Viseu. The Municipality of Nelas is divided into 7 parishes: Canas de Senhorim, Carvalhal Redondo and Aguieira, Lapa do Lobo, Nelas, Santar and Moreira, Senhorim and Vilar Seco.

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